This second article in the series on temporary works discusses temporary works failures and how structural engineers can learn from them
In 2022, Nigeria recorded over 61 incidents of building collapse in 2022. As I write this article, I don’t know of any forensic report that has been made public on any of these incidents, or do you?
As with almost every structural failure, it is the human factors that holds answers as to why the opportunity to forestall the failure was missed. In this article the role played by human factors in structural failures is explored.
Some failures are caused by the most stealthy human factors: corruption and greed. This situation is even worse in the third-world countries where the use of sub-standard materials, faulty construction and cutting corners around standard specifications is highly prevalent.
At approximately 7pm that day, guests heard popping noises moments before the fourth-floor walkway fell into the second-floor walkway. Both walkway then fell to the ground killing 114 and severely injuring over 200 persons